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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
07.09.10
Division Highlights

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NASA Meets with FAA to Discuss Improving Terminal Area In-Trail Conflict Detection Technologies
On June 22nd, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) representatives Mike Prichard, Suzanne Newman and six other ex-Terminal Controller/Traffic Managers responsible for the FAA's development of the Automated Terminal Proximity Alert (ATPA) tool met with Aviation Systems Division researchers and managers to discuss progress and plans in an ongoing collaboration towards improving the ATPA tool. ATPA monitors in-trail separation on the final approach course. Early next year, the FAA expects to complete another phase of software improvements to ATPA. NASA has been working with the FAA to understand the effect of aircraft landing speeds on monitoring in-trail separation. The purpose of this meeting was for the FAA to share their current ATPA plans and for NASA to provide results of their relevant research. Aviation Systems Division researchers have been investigating the prediction of aircraft spacing compression during final approach using a variety of methods, and have also been developing a terminal area aircraft conflict detection algorithm and concept of operations. Both NASA and the FAA agreed to continue these meetings and expressed support for continued collaboration; the FAA agreed to provide more operational data to NASA researchers to improve the terminal area aircraft conflict detection algorithm.

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